Apr 24, 2020
Dyson says its ventilator not needed in UK
Dyson has said a ventilator it developed for treating coronavirus patients in response to a government appeal will not be needed in Britain after all. The government has faced criticism over its handling of ventilator procurement, ranging from there being too much focus on designing machines from scratch, to the specifications initially circulated being too basic. A consortium of engineering companies that includes Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Siemens is helping increase production of two UK ventilators to fulfil an order of 20,000 units. The two models are the paraPac transport ventilator from Smiths Medical, used by ambulance crews; and an adapted version of a Penlon anaesthesia machine that obtained regulatory sign-off last week. Dyson said it would not accept any public money for its ventilator initiative, which was a collaboration with medical technology consultancy TTP. Sir James has said he will cover the £20m spending on the project.
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